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Can flax seeds cause diverticulitis

A 82-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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NO: High fiber has been shown, in some studies, to be salutary
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Probably not: It was once thought that such things could lodge in existing colonic diverticuli or block their openings, resulting in inflammation and infection. The... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
No evidence that: diet has any affect on appendicitis, and only indirect evidence that eating seeds causes diverticulitis.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: Diverticuli are small, typically pea-sized pockets that are very common in western societies, likely related to our high red meat, low fiber diets. T... Read More
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 15 years experience
Usually not: It can. However usually from diverticulae usually come from diverticulosis, which is when there isn't inflammation. In the setting of inflammat... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
No, I have: Never heard of a patient whose colonic diverticultis caused pancreatitis. In a rare cases, duodenal diverticula can cause pancreatitis, but this is r... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No: It is still a common myth that certain foods (undigestible foods like grains, corn) lead to more recurrences of diverticulitis. Many medical profess... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
No: No connection with oatmeal. Diverticulitis is caused by blockage of small pockets in the colon which become infected. It is mostly related to chance i... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Diverticulitis, by definition, is a bacterial infection arising from a hole in the colon. Any infection may complicate the management of diabetes.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not really: You can have both diseases, with each having potential to cause serious problems on their own. The two do not aggravate each other in any direct way.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is small sacs of intestinal mucosa that are inflamed or infected. Low dietary fiber may be a cause. Straining due to hard stool may inc... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Infection: Small out-pouches form on the outside of the colon, most often in the left lower abdomen. Infection of these pouches (diverticulitis) causes abdominal... Read More

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